Maheshwari Kund also called Mehsar Kund by the local people, is a beautiful lake around Munsiyari located at an altitude of 2411 meters above the sea level which is high religious significance for Hindu.
Maheshwari Kund is surrounded by brilliant and sensational mountain tops, with trek covered with beautiful rhododendrons, oak trees and other Himalayan flora.
As per the legends, the kund was cursed by a Yakshi who use to live in this lake, the place faced drought for many years. After the villagers apologized to the Yakshi for not letting him marry the sarpanch daughter and emptying the lake in form of revenge, the ritual is practised even today.
Trek start from 2 km outer of Munsiyari after that there is a trek of 1.5 km to reach Maheshwari Kund.
Munsiyari can be reached by following ways-
HOW TO REACH
By Road- Munsiyari is connected with major cities of Uttarakhand State. can be reached by using local taxis. Buses are available from Haldwani and Tanakpur in morning. One can also use direct Bus from Delhi to Munsiyari through Anand Vihar Bus Stand during the afternoon. Since the journey from Delhi to Munsiyari is quite long, it is advisable to break your journey at various stops and finally change the bus from either Almora or Pithoragarh.
By Air- Pantnagar airport is the nearest airport to Munsiyari lying at a distance of 249 km. Naini Saini Airport in Pithoragarh at a distance of 213 km is the other option, however, the flight are not that frequent from this airport.
BY RAIL- Kathgodam (275 km) and Tanakpur (286 km) are the two best options of the nearest railway head to reach Munsiyari via rail. These stations are well connected to many major cities via good rail network. Cabs and buses can be hired from outside the station till Munsiyari